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What is the best way to choose a "strong" password for my Patient Portal account?

There are a few things to bear in mind when trying to choose a password and then keep these details secure.

Ensure the password is unique. Using a different password for each of your important accounts is important as it can minimise problems if your password is compromised.

Don’t use personal information or common words as a password.

Using numbers, symbols and mix of upper and lower case letters is very important. The more characters the better, as this helps make your password “strong” (very hard to guess) – 10 to 15 characters is good.

A strong password is typically too difficult to remember – here’s an example: 19+23D}mMvba~fvB. The best way around this problem is to remove the need to remember it, by using a password manager. Copying and Pasting password text is a handy tip to avoid typos.

To keep your passwords secure, ensure you don’t use sticky notes, notepads etc. Even unsecured text files etc on your computer are not ideal. Best practice is to use a password manager, like the free Apple Keychain or 1Password. Be sure to spend a few minutes checking out reviews and reputations of password manager services.